The Legal Beat
Head-To-Head, Online Bar Exam Applicants Did Worse Than In-Person Test Takers
Posted on Thursday February 25, 2021
Ed. Note: Welcome to our daily feature Trivia Question of the Day!
Texas’s September, in-person bar exam had a pass rate of 76.66 percent. What was the pass rate for the online October exam?
Hint: The pass rate took a hit in the rushed, online format (likely for a variety of reasons). But the applicant pool was roughly the same size at 1,037 candidates in September, and 1,116 for the remote October administration.
See the answer on the next page.
Answer: 60.13 percent. Though there are likely lots of reasons for the disparity that aren’t a direct knock on the online format.
Two other jurisdictions had both in-person and online administrations and, again, online did worse (though there were desperate sample sizes in those locations) as reported by ABA Journal:
For Arizona and Idaho, where the in-person tests allowed for a portable Uniform Bar Exam score, the pool of remote test-takers was significantly smaller. In Idaho, 120 people took the in-person exam, and the pass rate was 76.7%, Maureen Ryan Braley, associate director of the Idaho State Bar, told the ABA Journal in an email. Only 28 people took the remote exam, and the pass rate was 32.1%.